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3M honors military veteran collision shop professionals, collision repair students on Veterans Day weekend

Friday, November 17, 2017 - 09:00
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At the recent NASCAR race at Phoenix International Raceway, a select group of veterans were honored with a very unique Veterans’ Day weekend, courtesy of 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division.
3M Automotive Aftermarket Division has had a long-standing commitment to giving back to the men and women who have served.  3M AAD also believes that our nation’s military veterans make great employees for the collision repair industry.
During the race weekend, 3M AAD recognized veteran employees and students from the collision repair industry, body shop managers and collision repair educators during a special trip to the NASCAR® race in Phoenix  on November 12.
“Programs like 3M Hire Our Heroes help us remember our military soldiers and let them know that there are still organizations that care about them and their service,” said Keith Kuhn, instructor at Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Knoxville.  “Spending time with the all of the 3M Hire Our Heroes grant recipients, other instructors, collision shop owners and managers, and the 3M team was priceless.”

The attendees included:

College of Lake County
Lawrence Harris, U.S. Navy, Service King
Octavio Cavazos, Instructor
Gadsden State Community College
Jason Coleman, U.S. Army
Dalton White, Assistant Instructor            
Texas State Technical College
Hector Corujo, U.S. Army
Jose Rodriguez, U.S. Army
Philip McKee, Instructor
Driven Music City

Morris Rothfeldt, U.S. Army         
Maj. Laura Rothfeldt, U.S. Army Veterinary Corps                
Robbie Denney, Body Shop Manager
Ferrera Fire/Rev Group
Richard Gales, U.S. Army                
Xtreme Kustoms
John Horchak, U.S. Army                                  
ABRA Auto Body and Glass

Andre Jordan, U.S. Marine Corps                 
Leroy Nestler, Jr., General Manager           
Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Knoxville  
Linda Myers, U.S. Air Force            
Keith Kuhn, Collision Instructor
Bowen Collision
Steven Norton, U.S. Marine Corps                                

"It was an honor to meet these veterans and recognize those who are making a positive impact on the collision repair industry, and those who have hired them or are educating them,” said Dale Ross, U.S. Marketing Operations Manager at 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division. “Their very special weekend in Phoenix was filled with unique behind-the-scenes experiences, opportunities to meet celebrities, drivers and crew members, and see the exciting second-to-last race in the Playoffs for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship.”
3M AAD’s pledge to help veterans has seen great success.  This is the fifth year that 3M has partnered with the Collision Repair Education Foundation in support of our industry and our nation's veterans. Since 2013, the 3M Hire Our Heroes program has generated $825,000 to be used toward scholarships and tool grants for military veterans and their family members. Nearly 270 military veterans and their families have already received scholarships and grants.
About the 3M Hire Our Heroes
The 3M Hire Our Heroes grants are available for qualifying returning veterans and family members.  Grants may be used for tuition, school fees, tools, textbooks and equipment at qualifying technical schools. For additional information and to apply, visit
The ultimate goal of the 3M Hire Our Heroes campaign is to support the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in raising awareness for hiring America’s heroes and help drive employment in the collision repair industry for these deserving veterans and their families.
For more information on the 3M Hire Our Heroes campaign, contact Dale Ross, 3M Automotive Aftermarket, at or visit
3M Automotive Aftermarket Division Keeps the World on the Move
3M automotive aftermarket products keep the world on the move, with innovative solutions for building, repairing and maintaining vehicles.  From the collision repair professional to the individual vehicle enthusiast, people around the world trust 3M products to protect, repair and keep their vehicles looking showroom new.  And our commitment to this industry extends beyond product performance to a careful stewardship of the world’s resources and environment. Serving the needs of our customers has made 3M a trusted leader in vehicle care and repair, and we are dedicated to earning that trust each and every day.
For more information, contact 1-877-MMM-CARS, contact your local 3M Distributor or 3M Sales Representative or visit the website at  Follow 3M AAD on Facebook at and on twitter @3M_Collision and Instagram @3MCollision.
About 3M
3M is a science-based company with a culture of creative collaboration that inspires powerful technologies, making life better. With $32 billion in sales, 3M employs 90,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 70 countries. For more information, visit or follow @3MNews on Twitter.
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